Brookings-Harbor schools are scheduled to begin the new academic year on Tuesday.

Dr. Paul Prevenas, district superintendent, will be watching enrollment figures. There were preliminary indications that enrollment will be up from initial projections.

The district was expecting about 100 kindergartners, but advanced enrollment indicates at least 123.

Enrollment was continuing to increase in the fourth and fifth grades. They were expecting 190 fifth graders. Some of them will be attending Upper Chetco School.

There were 162 students expected for the fourth grade, one of the larger classes in the district.

By school, the district is expecting 620 students at the high school, 543 at Azalea Middle School and 628 at Kalmiopsis, and 100 at Upper Chetco. This means a total of 1,897 students.

The district has had a higher total enrollment in some past years. But Brookings schools are not experiencing the substantial drop seen in other coastal communities. The superintendent said there have been declines in Coos Bay and Reedsport, for example.

Dr. Prevenas said he wont know about enrollment until after the first day of classes. By then it will be known what children wont be coming back. There are always some new students who appear the first day.

He said the district is ready for the beginning of classes with a staff of 225, including teaching and non-teaching members.

Many of the students received letters from their new teachers welcoming them to the beginning of the new year, the superintendent said.

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